Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic started his Orlando Pirates career in the most perfect fashion with a 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night. An early Kermit Erasmus goal was the difference between the Soweto neighbours that ended in the favour of the away team.
Pirates were quick to get off the mark and announce their intentions on a wet Wednesday night. A chance created and taken within the first five minutes of the match by eventual goal scorer, Kermit Erasmus, rattled and rebounded off the post. Erasmus would not make the same mistake ten minutes into the match when the cunning striker’s right-footed shot, taken from the edge of the 18-yard area, was powered beyond the Swallows keeper, Greg Etafia’s reach, gifting the visiting side the lead.
At 1-0 in the opening exchanges of the match, it was clear to see that the Dube Birds were playing a game of catch up as they struggled to get out of their own half. The half was in the hands of the Buccaneers as they made Swallows dance to their music composed of possession and control.
The first half ended with Swallows not having made any telling moves and the second half looked like it was going to be another 45 minutes of déjà vu for the Birds as Pirates dominated the opening exchanges once again.
Toward the end of the second half, Swallows, through Siyabonga Nomvethe, could have taken away a point, at best, from the match when the striker’s deflected effort met the post to go out for a corner. Nomvethe was on hand again as he rose to the occasion to meet the resultant swung-in corner only to have his headed effort blocked by a very relaxed Pirates keeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
The win is the perfect start for Vermezovic who now faces his former club Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday at the FNB Stadium.